There is something so special about being out in nature and watching the sun set over your very own campsite.
Summer is the perfect time to take the family on a camping adventure and the Sunshine Coast offers up scenic camping spots in spades.
From the coast to the Hinterland and everything in between, check out the best summer camping spots on the Sunshine Coast.
Tucked away amongst the rainforest in the Conondale National Park and close to waterfalls and clear rock pools is Booloumba Creek. You will need a 4WD to access this scenic camping spot which makes it even more secluded for those wanting some space out in nature. This is a true back-to-nature camping experience and there’s not much in the way of facilities so remember to bring drinking water, bags to take your rubbish away, and insect repellent.
Located on the banks of the Mary River, just 2km from the township of Kenilworth, Kenilworth Homestead is a privately run outdoor education, family camping and function centre. Choose from a powered or unpowered site so that you can have the escape that suits you best. Spend your time swimming, exploring the river and the kids will love feeding the farm animals.
How does a bar, boutique brewery, hot takeaway meals, 9-hole golf course and bountiful native wildlife sound? Habitat Noosa on Lake Cootharaba is set on 65 acres of bushland with a range of powered and unpowered sites, as well as tents and glamping tents for those that can’t go without the creature comforts.
If you are looking for a secluded camping spot, Borumba Deer Park, on the banks of Yabba Creek in the Mary Valley, should be on your list. Pitch your tent or park your van before taking the opportunity to fish, swim or just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Every morning and afternoon the deer come in to be fed which the kids will love.
There is something for every kind of camper at this riverside escape on the banks of the Maroochy River. Get back to basics and spend the night under the stars in your own tent, bring along your caravan, or glamp it up in their luxurious self-contained safari tents. The site has wonderful river views, wildlife in abundance, a pool and playground for the kids to enjoy and a café and bar for mum and dad.
You can’t get much closer to the coast than this spot! At the corner of Maroochydore Beach and the Maroochy River, Cotton Tree Holiday Park boasts the best of both worlds. You can body surf and catch a wave at one, then walk round the bend for the calm advantage of being riverside. Think SUPing, kayaking, windsurfing and fishing. Get in early and nab a premium waterfront unpowered sites for those uninterrupted sunset views right from your tent.
Your seaside camping holiday is calling! Swim, shop, or just relax in the sunshine at Caloundra Waterfront Holiday Park. Bring your caravan or tent or book one of their luxury cabins with waterfront and poolside views. You won’t be short of things to do with the stunning Pumicestone Passage right on your doorstep.
Just a stone’s throw from the beach, Alex Beach Cabins & Tourist park is ideal for those just trying to find their own piece of paradise, while remaining in complete comfort! With patrolled beaches, shops and restaurants nearby, you don’t even have to cook a BBQ. On site they have a heated pool with chairs and sunbeds for relaxing, an enclosed playground and a small games room.
Kilkivan Bush Camping is the perfect place to be if you need a natural escape from it all. Nestled in the foothills of the Oakview State Forest west of Gympie, next to Fat Hen Creek, you can relax in total peace among the 26 acres of bushland. Spacious sites, fixed cabins, a swimming pool and all the amenities you need await, including the licensed Bush Bar. Your four-legged family members, including your horses are also welcome with open paws.